Here, There, Where: David Huddle's Appalachian Virginia

Casey Clabough

in Inhabiting Contemporary Southern and Appalachian Literature

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780813041735
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043944 | DOI:
Here, There, Where: David Huddle's Appalachian Virginia

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In 2007, while participating on a panel of writers entitled "The Perils of Regionalism: Labels and Their Limitations," Huddle explicitly addressed how his ongoing uneasy relationship with his home region continues to benefit his art: "There's a whole lot about southwestern Virginia that I don't get along with, at all, and I think that's a good thing for my writing. I think I need that friction, that being at odds with Appalachian culture in the way that I am" ("Perils" 25). Huddle's choice of the word "need" in this context seems especially meaningful. His perpetual artistic tug of war with Glory River/Stevens Creek/Rosemary/Ivanhoe—that imaginary landscape of his formative past, whatever he or we might call it—is not simply nice or good or troubling or burdensome for his art; it may embody some or all of those things but it most definitely is "needed." In other words, it is necessary.

Keywords: Region; Art; Appalachian culture; landscape

Chapter.  8787 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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